Huckleberry Chia Seed Jam
Inspired by a blueberry jam recipe in Bon Appétit
- 3 cups fresh huckleberries
- 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. (or more) pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Bring huckleberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a gentle simmer (barely bubbling) in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries burst, about 5 minutes. Use a spoon to mash the berries into a jammy paste, being sure to keep some whole. Increase heat to high, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by about half.
- Remove jam from the heat. Let it cool down just enough so you don’t burn your tongue while tasting for sweetness. Add more maple syrup, little by little, until the jam is sweet enough for your liking.
- Return the jam to the stove and bring to a boil. Add the chia seeds and cook for about a minute, or until the seeds have softened. Spoon into clean mason jars up to the rim. Cover and let cool completely. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
from my summer reading list
32 Yolks: From my mother's table to working the line by Eric Ripert and Veronica Chambers. If you've ever wondered what it's like to grow up cooking in the Michelin starred world of France, check out this lovely memoir by Chef Eric Ripert. No recipes, just a great story.
Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler. I can't decide if I loved this story about a 22-year old college grad working her way up in the fine dining world of New York or if I regret reading it. All I know is that when I waited tables back in my student days in Manhattan, my life was not nearly this racy.
Mycophilia: Revelations from the weird world of mushrooms by Euguenia Bone. Bone is one of my favorite cookbook authors so I was thrilled to discover that she is a mushroom foraging enthusiast like me. This is her hilarious story of the culture of mushroom hunting.
Bitter Almonds: Recollections and recipes from a Sicilian girlhood by Mary Taylor Simeti and Maria Grammatico. I have been diving into all things Sicilian as research for my upcoming trip to Sicily. (Yes! I am going to Sicily!!) This book about Sicilian food and culture is a total gem. Simeti interviews Grammatico about what it was like to be sent by her mother (who could not afford to take care of her) to a convent as a young girl, where she learned to bake Sicilian specialties like biscotti, marzipan fruit, and cakes made with ricotta. At the age of 22, with almost no experience in the outside world, Grammatico leaves the convent to start her own bakery in the hilltop town of Erice. I'll be traveling to Erice in September and can't wait to taste the recipes from this book and meet Maria Grammatico, who I can only hope is still at the helm of her famous bakery.
Food Whore: A novel of dining and deceit by Jessica Tom. Trash alert! A quick, fun book to devour while lounging on your paddleboard or relaxing in a beach chair. This is the story of a girl who goes to work for a New York Times restaurant critic who is losing his sense of taste. She gets sucked into living a lie as she trades her scruples for getting ahead in the food world — and a lot of great free restaurant meals.
The Girls: A novel by Emma Kline. You might like this book if, like me, you remember being fascinated by Helter Skelter as a teenager.
A few blogs I'm into
Bourbon and Brown Sugar. I met Mary Beth, or MB as she refers to herself, last spring at a food photography workshop. We share a love of great books, empanadas, and snapping pictures of our food. I love her site and her recipes are just irresistible. Check out her summer reading list (it's even longer than mine!).
Pinch of Yum. Surely you guys already follow this über-popular food blog? I took a food photography workshop from Lindsay Ostrum of POY fame and I can tell you that she is every bit as adorable as her recipes are yummy. This summer I have been making zoodles of all kinds, inspired by this recipe on POY. Warning: you will be inspired to buy a spiralizer. Seriously.
Dash and Bella. I haven't really cooked from this blog yet, but I love Phyllis Grant's writing and her creative use of curse words.
Domenica Cooks. Because I love all things Italian, especially Domenica Marchetti's recipes and cookbooks. I am currently devouring her latest: Preserving Italy: Canning, curing, infusing and bottling Italian flavors and traditions. But I'll tell you more about that another time.
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. I've been following Hank Shaw's blog ever since I moved to Wyoming and was faced with cooking from a freezer full of wild game. First he showed me how to cook venison. Soon I was delving into wild birds, eventually acquiring his fabulous cookbook Duck, Duck, Goose: The ultimate guide to cooking waterfowl, both farmed and wild. When I got into foraging, Hank's blog became my primary reference for making delicious meals with morels, chanterelles and porcini I found here in the Tetons. Oh, and Hank taught me how to make some amazing pasta and gnocchi dishes too. Hank will be in town next month as he promotes his new cookbook: Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and techniques for cooking deer, moose, antelope, and other antlered things. Look for details soon on my events page and on the blog.